Another introduction to Cultural Anthropology, this is perhaps not as readable a book as Irving Block's People (Watts) but...

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FOUR WAYS OF BEING HUMAN

Another introduction to Cultural Anthropology, this is perhaps not as readable a book as Irving Block's People (Watts) but should provide some introduction to four ways of life different from our own through its portraits of the Semang, the Eskimo, the Polynesian and the Hopi. Within each section the author has given substantial information about beliefs, legends, social rules and regulations, ways of making a living and so forth. The approach, however, is an evolutionary one. While pointing out that each way is a valid one according to its own set of circumstances, Mr. Lisitzky's terminology implies the idea of progress according to a Western standard of values; his chapters are divided up into sections that split the aspects of primitive life in the same way we split our lives into the economic, the religious, the social and so forth. This may be a necessary measure to give teen agers at least a bare idea of very different people but should it not be balanced by another viewpoint.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1956

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Publisher: Viking

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1956